Backgammon – 3 Main Techniques

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In very simple terms, there are three chief tactics used. You need to be agile enough to hop between game plans almost instantly as the course of the match unfolds.

The Blockade

This is comprised of assembling a 6-thick wall of pieces, or at a minimum as deep as you might achieve, to barricade in the opponent’s checkers that are on your 1-point. This is deemed to be the most suitable procedure at the begining of the game. You can assemble the wall anyplace within your 11-point and your two-point and then move it into your home board as the match advances.

The Blitz

This is composed of closing your home board as quick as as you can while keeping your opposer on the bar. e.g., if your opponent rolls an early two and shifts one checker from your 1-point to your 3-point and you then toss a five-five, you can play six/one 6/1 eight/three eight/three. Your opponent is then in serious dire straits due to the fact that they have 2 checkers on the bar and you have closed half your inner board!

The Backgame

This course of action is where you have 2 or more anchors in your opponent’s home board. (An anchor spot is a point filled by at a minimum two of your checkers.) It would be played when you are extremely behind as this strategy greatly improves your circumstances. The best areas for anchors are near your competitor’s lower points and either on adjacent points or with a single point in between. Timing is essential for a competent backgame: after all, there’s no point having two nice anchors and a complete wall in your own inner board if you are then forced to break apart this straight away, while your competitor is moving their pieces home, because you do not have other spare checkers to move! In this case, it is better to have pieces on the bar so that you might preserve your position up until your opponent gives you a chance to hit, so it will be an excellent idea to try and get your challenger to get them in this situation!

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